The holidays and winter can be a wonderful time of the year—but only if you're safe.
According to the NFPA, a fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. To see how quick, watch the video found in the media gallery above.
Here are some tips from both the NFPA and NFSA:
- Make sure that trees are at least 3 feet from any heat source—fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, lights, et al.
- Do not place trees where they are blocking exits.
- Water your trees daily. For the recipe to a tea concoction that helps to extend the lives of trees, click here.
- Replace strings of lights that have worn or broken cords/bulbs. Don't use lit candles to decorate trees.
- Turn off your Christmas tree before leaving your house or going to bed.
- Limit your use of space heaters and never leave them unattended.
- Check your smoke detectors to ensure that they are working properly and have full battery power.
- Have an escape plan and keep emergency numbers handy.
Allegheny County officials are also offering a list of resources to help you and your family. To check out the safety tips, click here.
This article originally appeared on the Plum-Oakmont Patch.
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